SAMSUNG BOSPHORUS CROSS-CONTINENTAL SWIMMING RACE TURNS 30The Samsung Bosphorus Cross-continental Swimming Race, named by the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) as the "World's Best Open Water Swimming Offering" in 2016, was held for the 30th time on July 22nd.
In this year's race, where the attendance was at record-breaking levels, the quota for foreign countries was filled in only 27 minutes. Among those who wanted to live the unique experience of swimming from Asia to Europe were swimmers from Germany, Kazakhstan, Belarus, France, England, Ireland and the USA.
Organized by the Turkish National Olympic Committee (NOC), the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-continental Swimming Race began in 1989, with the participation of 64 male and 4 female swimmers, whereas in this year's race, nearly 2400 swimmers from 52 countries participated. Hilal Zeyneb Saraç in women’s category, and Dogukan Ulaç in men's category became first in the general classification of the Bosphorus Cross-continental Swimming Race, held as an international sport festival at the Istanbul Strait.
The winners of the 6,5-km race course were handed their plates and medals by the Republic of Turkey Youth and Sports Minister Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin, Istanbul Mayor Mevlüt Uysal, Turkey's National Olympic Committee President Prof. Dr. Turkey Ugur Erdener, and Samsung Turkey President Kim Daehyun.
Starting from Kanlıca, the race that has been held from Asia to Euorpe for the past 30 years, ended in Kuruçeşme Cemil Topuzlu Park. The excitement of the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-continental Swimming Race, the only swimming competition to be held between two continents in the world, was shared by thousands of sports fans in the activity area established in Kuruçeşme Cemil Topuzlu Park. Among those who watched the races were also IOC Executive Board Member and 7 Olympic medal holder Zimbabwean swimmer Kirsty Coventry, and the legendary athlete Sergei Bubka, the Olympic champion and vice president of the International Association of Athletics (IAAF).
The rankings in the general classification:
1 Doğukan Ulaç (KKTC) 00:46:58
2 Erge Can Gezmiş (TUR) 00:47:14
3 Alexander Kostich (USA) 00:47:41
1 Hilal Zeyneb SARAÇ (TUR) 00:50:30
2 Buse TOPCU (TUR) 00:50:40
3 Amy DANTZLER (USA) 00:50:50